**We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who entered the Louise Rennison National Funny Award 2020! It's been wonderful to see so many great, creative, imaginative, original and funny entries submitted to our award. We think it's safe to say the future of comedy in Britain is in good hands! Submissions are now closed. Visit our website for news and updates **
Welcome to The Louise Rennison National Funny Award - a writing and performing arts competition designed to showcase the creative and comedic talents of young people throughout the UK.
Inspired by the legacy of late Author and comedian Louise Rennison, The Louise Rennison National Funny Award is aimed at 11-18 year olds across the United Kingdom, who don’t take themselves too seriously!
Whether you love telling funny stories or jokes, have an idea for a comedy sketch or song – or just fancy giving something new a go - we want to hear from you …
The competition is FREE to enter and falls into two categories:
- Comedic Writing (up to 1,000 words or three pages of creative copy – this could be a short story, a script, a screen play, a book chapter or an article for a magazine or newspaper).
- Comedic Performance (up to three minutes of video – this could be a scene for a film, a TV show, a play, an advert or a stand-up performance).
We want you to channel your creativity and tickle our funny bones with new material – where all submissions must be original ideas (no copying or re-enactments!).
Submissions in the written category and the performance art category will be judged in two age bands: 11-14 and 15-18 with the option to enter as an individual or a group (four people max). There will be prizes for first place, and runners up prizes for all finalists.
Your mission – should you chose to accept it – is to have our panel of judges rolling on the floor with laughter – but most importantly – for you to have fun!
Louise Rennison was a beloved English author and comedian, who liked nothing more than to make people smile through her storytelling.
Her most famous works include, award winning book "Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging" - part of the "Confessions of Georgia Nicolson" series – which was turned into a major motion picture in 2008; and "The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey", following the story of teenage Tallulah as she heads to a prestigious performing arts school and gets her first taste of freedom.
Louise passed away in 2016, but her books are still incredibly popular with young adult readers around the world and in total have been translated into 30 languages throughout the globe.
Always smiling, Louise’s research for her books required many hours hanging around with fourteen-year-olds which is, as she said, “Brilliant – the best fun known to humanity”.
Our aim is for Louise’s legacy to inspire the next generation of comedic talent in the UK.
- Comedic live show, with back stage meet and greet experience, courtesy of PBJ Managment and PBJ Live
- Comedic performance workshop experience, courtesy of Freedom Studios
- Comedic and creative writing workshop experience, courtesy of Ink Jockey
- 100 books, courtesy of Harper Collins
- 50 Rocketbooks (smart notebooks), courtesy of Rocketbook
- 30 copies of Pretty Funny, by Rebecca Elliott, courtesy of Penguin Books
Who are we?
1. We are LOUISE RENNISON LTD a Company registered in England and Wales under Company number 07060049 and with registered address Europa House, Goldstone Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3RQ (“we” “our” “us”).
What we do
2. We run the Louise Rennison National Funny Award (the "Award").
3. More information on the Award can be found on our website at www.louiserennisonnationalfunnyaward.com (the "Website").
4. These rules relate to the Award and govern how you can enter and participate in the competition for the Award (the "Rules").
5. PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION.
6. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT'S OR GUARDIAN'S CONSENT TO ENTER IF YOU ARE UNDER 18.
7. Each entrant (“Entrant”) (or if an Entrant is under 18 their parent or guardian) will be required to agree to these Rules before entering into the Competition.
8. Opening date: Entries for the Competition opens at midnight on Wednesday 1st April 2020.
9. Deadline: The deadline to enter the Competition is midnight on Monday 31st August 2020 (“Closing Date”).
10. How to enter: All entries must be submitted via our FilmFreeway submission platform (www.filmfreeway.com/LouiseRennisonNationalFunnyAward). FilmFreeway require a submitter to be at least 18 years of age to register for an account. Entrants are welcome to recruit a parent or guardian to submit on their behalf (Click here to see their terms of service).
11. Submissions for the Competition cannot be accepted either before the opening date or after the deadline above. If you enter the Competition outside of these dates then your entry will not be entered into the Award.
12. Entry to the Competition is FREE.
13. Eligibility: The Competition is open to anyone between the ages of 11 years old and 18 years old as at the Closing Date, who is resident in the UK. The following people are not eligible:
a. Our employees or workers; or
b. Members of their immediate families
14. Entries will be void if they do not comply with these terms and conditions or are considered by us to be part of an attempt to manipulate or unfairly influence the outcome;
15. The Competition is divided into two age categories:
a. 11-14 years old;
b. 15-18 years old
16. The Categories for each Age Category are:
a. Comedic Writing (Individual)
b. Comedic Performance (Individual)
c. Comedic Writing (Group*)
d. Comedic Performance (Group*)
*Group entries are capped at a maximum of four people/collaborators per group submission. Please list full names of all group participants within your entry.
17. We reserve the right to ask for proof of age from any Entrant.
18. Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be required to agree these Rules before the Entrant can enter the Competition.
19. We reserve the right to ask for proof of permission from any Entrant under 18 years old. Any Entrants who are unable to provide us with this permission will be disqualified from the Competition.
20. You can make as many entries as you want in your Age Category. For example, you may want to enter a play, a script, a poem, a story and performance. This is fine but it must be registered as separate entries for each separate piece and must be registered in the correct Age Category. This means you can only enter one into one Age Category. You are either in the 11 – 14 year old age category or 15 – 18 year old category.
21. It is not necessary to have excellent spelling or perfect grammar to enter the Competition. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than spelling and grammar.
22. The decision of the Competition judges are final.
23. Entries into the Comedic Writing category can be any form of written materials such as stories, poems, scripts, screenplays, jokes or songs.
24. All entries must be:
a. Your original work;
b. typewritten; and
c. no longer than 1000 words.
25. Whilst your entry may be accompanied by illustrations, these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.
26. Entries into the Comedic Performance category is for the performance element of the Competition. This may take the form of any performance including telling jokes, a scene for a film, a TV show, a play, an advert, a stand-up performance, singing a funny song or any other form of visual performance.
27. Each entry must be the entrant's own original work. Entries can be recorded on any video device and do not need to be professionally edited or produced. Performance videos must be no longer than three minutes in length. Entrants can submit multiple entries.
28. All entries must be:
a. Your original work;
b. recorded on an electronic device such as a camera, phone or iPad;
c. no longer than three minutes.
30. All entries submitted properly in accordance with these Rules will be reviewed, shortlisted and put forward to our Judges.
31. Our Judging Panel will then select a winner for the overall best Comedic Writing category and best Comedic Performance category. We reserve the right to select more than one winner per age group and per category.
32. Given the volume of entries we will not be able to provide feedback on any entries.
33. All finalists may be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at the discretion of Louise Rennison Limited. In the event of an awards ceremony, the date, time and location of the Awards Ceremony will be notified to finalists in advance. If a finalist cannot attend the Awards Ceremony, this will not affect their eligibility for the Award.
34. In the event of an Awards Ceremony, finalists must confirm whether they will be attending the Awards Ceremony by the date specified on the invitation. Failure to respond to the invitation will be treated as an inability to attend. All Finalists under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult, with parental or guardian consent.
35. The date, time and location of the Awards Ceremony may be subject to change at short notice. We also reserve the right to not hold a ceremony - in which case prizes will be dispatched directly to winners of the Award.
11-14 years of age
Comedic Writing (Individual)
Comedic Performance (Individual)
Comedic Writing (Group)
Comedic Performance (Group)
15-18 years of age
Comedic Writing (Individual)
Comedic Performance (Individual)
Comedic Writing (Group)
Comedic Performance (Group)
36. All prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
37. The Finalists are responsible for any costs or expenses involved in claiming or using their prize.
38. We reserve the right to cancel the Competition and to offer alternative prizes where strictly necessary and where an alternative solution cannot be found.
39. The prizes are for the named winners only and cannot be transferred to any other person.
40. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the Finalists and winners over a period of two weeks after 30th September 2020. If it is not possible to contact the Finalists and/or winners, the prize may be forfeited.
41. We are not liable (responsible) for any damage or loss to a prize caused by a third party. If a prize is damaged, or fails to be delivered, we have no obligation to provide a replacement prize.
THE IMPORTANT BIT: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
42. What is copyright? Copyright is the ownership right in a piece of written work.
43. Why is this important? This can potentially be very valuable. It is your right to be identified as the author of a piece of work and to be recognised for its value whether this is being paid in the future or otherwise.
44. The Entrant will keep the copyright in all entries that they submit to us as part of the Competition. HOWEVER, by entering the Competition the Entrant gives us the right (which is called a licence) to use their copyright in their entry on the following basis:
a. Perpetual – this means our right to use your copyright effectively lasts forever;
b. Non-exclusive – this means that other people can use the same copyright as well as us. You are free to licence your right to the copyright to other people as you see fit;
c. Royalty free – this means that our right to use your copyright under the licence is for free and we will not pay you to use it;
d. Worldwide – this means we can use your copyright anywhere in the world;
e. We can use this for any reason – this means we can use your copyright under the licence in any way we see fit, such as to publish it, broadcast it, communicate it and make available in all media and in all formats throughout the world including but not limited to (i) publishing the entry in the Anthology, (ii) publishing the entry on the Website, and (iii) publishing the entry elsewhere online and on any other platforms (whether now known or yet to be envisaged); (iv) judging and administering the Competition.
45. By entering the Competition the Entrant confirms that we can also edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry in any way we see fit so that this can be published or used in accordance with our licence given to us under clause 44. This means that we can also resize any entry, adjust the colour, add other elements to it, adapt it into other materials, republish it.
46. We will always credit the entry to the Entrant anywhere we publish the entry wherever possible.
47. By entering the Competition the Entrant promises us that:
a. All entries are original;
b. The entry has not been copied from anyone else or another source;
c. The entry does not use any intellectual property of a third party;
d. The entry is not libellous or defamatory against anyone (this means that the entry does not include comments, statements etc); about other people which are untrue);
e. The entry is not offensive (we appreciate this is a fine line in humour!);
f. The entry is not threatening, discriminatory or illegal;
g. The Entrant is not under any contract with anyone in respect of work they create (e.g. they are not already signed to an agent or publisher);
h. The entry does not include anything which is confidential;
i. You have the written permission of any other people who are recorded as part of your performance. This includes if you use a picture of someone as part of your performance.
48. We may ask you for proof that you have complied with clause 47 and may disqualify an Entrant who is unable to prove this or has infringed any of the above.
Publicity and use of personal information
49. By entering the Competition the Entrant consents to their name, age and town of residence to be announced unless they notify us in writing otherwise before the Awards Ceremony takes place.
50. Entrants consent to our use of their personal information to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition.
51. Finalists and prize winners may be requested to take part in publicity for the Award and the Competition, but only if they wish to do so.
53. While nothing in these Rules will limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraud, we will not be legally responsible to Entrants or Finalists or winners for any losses caused whether foreseen at the time of entry or otherwise.
54. If you have any difficulties accessing or entering the Competition please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like these Rules in a different format please contact us and we will endeavour to provide it.
55. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition should be directed to email@example.com
Laws and Jurisdiction
56. These Rules are governed by English law and the Courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising out of the Rules.